Journal of Comparative Family Studies

A journal emphasizing research concerning cross-cultural families for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer

A Cohort Analysis of Home-Leaving in Canada, 1910-1975
INTRODUCTIONLeaving the parental home implies an important transition to adult roles affecting not only the young adults but also their ageing parents. A few studies have examined the process of home-leaving in the developed countries and have documented...
Book Reviews -- Aging in Black America Edited by James S. Jackson, Linda M. Chatters and Roberts Joseph Taylor
JACKSON, James S., Linda M. CHATTERS and Roberts Joseph TAYLOR, eds., AGING IN BLACK AMERICA. Newbury, Park: Sage Publications, Inc., 1993, 338 pp., $ 21.95 softcover.The seventeen chapters in this volume provide analyses of data collected in the National...
Book Reviews -- Bitter Sweet Passage: Redress and the Japanese Canadian Experience by Maryka Omatsu
OMATSU, Maryka, BITTER SWEET PASSAGE: Redress and the Japanese Canadian Experience. Toronto, Ontario: Between the Lines, 1992, 188pp., $16.95 softcover/$34.95 hardcoverGEORGE KURIAN*This book which deals with terrible experience of Japanese Canadian...
Book Reviews -- Dangerous Passage: The Social Control of Sexuality in Women's Adolescence by Constance Nathanson
NATHANSON, Constance, DANGEROUS PASSAGE: The Social Control of Sexuality in Women's Adolescence. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1991, 286pp., $ 34.95 hardcover.CAROLINE KNOWLES*Dangerous Passage presents some of the key shifts in the construction...
Book Reviews -- Factory Daughters: Gender, Household Dynamics, and Rural Industrialization in Java by Diane Lauren Wolf
WOLF, Diane Lauren, FACTORY DAUGHTERS: Gender, Household Dynamics, and Rural Industrialization in Java. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1992, 323 pp., $38.00 hardcover.KATHERINE JENSEN*In a carefully argued and written ethnography of rural...
Book Reviews -- Families and Aging Edited by Linda Burton
BURTON, Linda, ed., FAMILIES AND AGING, Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company, 1993, 157 pp., $ 15.95 softcover.As someone who regularly teaches a course on later life families, the opportunity to review new material published on the topic is welcome....
Book Reviews -- Fathers and Families: Paternal Factors in Child Development by Henry B. Biller
BILLER, Henry B., FATHERS AND FAMILIES: Paternal Factors in Child Development. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993, 325pp., $59.95 hardcover.Using a life-span, biopsychosocial perspective, Biller discusses the involvement of fathers in a variety of different...
Book Reviews -- How to Organize Prevention: Political, Organizational, and Professional Challenges to Social Services Edited by Hans-Uwe Otto and Gary Flosser
OTTO, Hans-Uwe and Gaby FLOSSER, eds., HOW TO ORGANIZE PREVENTION: Political, Organizational, and Professional Challenges to Social Services. Hawthorne, NY: Walter de Gruyter, 1992, 424 pp, $ 84.00 US/DM 184,00 hardcover.This edited volume is addressed...
Book Reviews -- Measurement of Love and Intimate Relations: Theories, Scales, and Applications for Love Development, Maintenance, and Dissolution by Oliver C. S. Tzeng
TZENG, Oliver C.S., MEASUREMENT OF LOVE AND INTIMATE RELATIONS: Theories, Scales, and Applications for Love Development, Maintenance, and Dissolution. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1993, 229 pp., $65.00 hardcover.JAN E. STETS*This book is the sequel to Tzeng's...
Book Reviews -- Nonresidential Parenting: New Vistas in Family Living Edited by Charlene Depner and James Bray
DEPNER, Charlene and James BRAY, eds., NONRESIDENTIAL PARENTING: New Vistas in Family Living. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications Inc., 1993, 218pp., $23.95 softcover/ $46.00.The complexity and interrelatedness of issues and themes of nonresidential...
Book Reviews -- Prairie Patrimony: Family, Farming and Community in the Midwest by Sonya Salamon
SALAMON, Sonya, PRAIRIE PATRIMONY: Family, Farming and Community in the Midwest, Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1992, 297 pp., $62.95 hardcover.Prairie Patrimony is much more than a study of family, farming and community in...
Book Reviews -- Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions Edited by Thorne Barrie and Marilyn Yalom
THORNE Barrie and Marilyn YALOM, eds., RETHINKING THE FAMILY: Some Feminist Questions (Revised Edition). Boston, Mass.: Northeastern University Press., 1992, 316 pp., $14.95 softcover/$39.50 hardcover.ANN GOETTING*This book is designed to draw readers...
Book Reviews -- Sexuality (Series on Close Relationships) by Susan Sprecher and Kathleen McKinney
SPRECHER, Susan and Kathleen McKINNEY, SEXUALITY (Series on Close Relationships).Newbury Park, CA: SAGE Publications, 1993, 184 pp., $14.95 softcover/$29.95 hardcover.JOSEPH LEVY*This short book on the expression of sexuality in the context of intimate...
Book Reviews -- the Canadian Family in Crisis by John F. Conway
CONWAY, John F., THE CANADIAN FAMILY IN CRISIS. Toronto, Ontario: Lorimer, 1990, 253pp., $16.95 softcover/$29.95 hardcover.RODERIC BEAUJOT*Conway views the family as undergoing a major transition, from the traditional patriarchal family to an egalitarian...
Book Reviews -- the Frail Elderly: Problems, Needs, and Community Responses by Carole Cox
COX, Carole, THE FRAIL ELDERLY: Problems, Needs, and Community Responses. Westport, CT: Auburn House, 1993, 224 pp., $17.95 Softcover/$55.00 hardcover.The Frail Elderly by Carole Cox deals with frailty among older Americans as a major public health issue....
Book Reviews -- the Other Half: Wives of Alcoholics and Their Social-Psychological Situation by Jacqueline Wiseman
WISEMAN, Jacqueline, THE OTHER HALF: Wives of Alcoholics and Their Social-Psychological Situation. Hawthorne, NY: Walter de Gruyter, 1991, 297pp., $19.95 softcover/$39.95 hardcover.Jacqueline Wiseman's The Other Half describes the sequential processes...
Book Reviews -- Trauma and Survival: Post-Traumatic and Dissociative Disorders in Women by Elizabeth A. Waits
WAITS, Elizabeth A., TRAUMA AND SURVIVAL: post-Traumatic and Dissociative Disorders in Women. New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company, 1993, 266pp., $32.95 hardcover.At last, a psychotherapeutic construct that takes structural factors into account....
Book Reviews -- Understanding Family Process: Basics of Family Systems Theory by Carlfred B. Broderick
BRODERICK, Carlfred B, Understanding Family Process: Basics of Family Systems Theory. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1993, 269 pp., $48.00 hardcover, $23.95 softcover.JAMES M. WHITE*The intellectual inheritance for family process theory is indeed...
Book Reviews -- Welfare System Reform: Coordinating Federal, State, and Local Public Assistance Programs Edited by Edward T. Jennings Jr. and Neal S. Zank
JENNINGS, Edward T. (Jr.), and Neal S. ZANK, eds. WELFARE SYSTEM REFORM: Coordinating Federal, State, and Local Public Assistance Programs. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1993, 249 pp., $ 55.00 hardcover.The U.S. National Commission for Employment...
Book Reviews -- Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook by Susan Lukas
LUKAS, Susan, WHERE TO START AND WHAT TO ASK: An Assessment Handbook. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company, 1993, 182 pp., $22.94 hardcover.Susan Lukas has written a most useful books for the new social worker, therapist, or case worker, a handbook...
Book Reviews -- Women and Families: Feminist Reconstruction by Kristine M. Baber and Katherine R. Allen
BABER, Kristine M. and Katherine R. ALLEN, WOMEN AND FAMILIES: Feminism Reconstruction. New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 1992, 276pp, $18.95 softcover/$40.00 hardcoverSTACEY J. OLIKER*Women and Families: Feminist Reconstructions is a compact primer...
Book Reviews -- Working with West Indian Families by Sharon-Ann Gopaul-McNicol
GOPAUL-McNICOL, Sharon-Ann, WORKING WITH WEST INDIAN FAMILIES. New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 1993, 212 pp., $14.95 softcover / $29.95 hardcover.ULI LOCHER*This book is aimed at readers in social services and education working with West Indian client...
Changes in the Breadwinner Role: Punjabi Families in Transition
The concept of the breadwinner has historically served to define relationships within families and societies. As family units respond to the dynamics of their social and economic environments, the concept of the breadwinner role changes, but such change...
Freedom of Partner Choice in Togo
In many additional African societies marriages were frequently arranged by the parents of the couple, and in some cases infant and child betrothals were practiced. Theories of nuptiality and family change predict an increasing preference for and tolerance...
Gender and the Distribution of Household Work: A Comparison of Self-Reports by Female College Faculty in the United States and China
BACKGROUND AND LITERATURE REVIEWWho does the housework has become an increasing source of conflict among dual-career married couples. Surveys reveal that women have become increasingly angry at their husbands because of their unwillingness do a larger...
Mental Health in Rural and Urban Chinese Families: The Role of Intergenerational Personality Discrepancy and Family Solidarity
Across cultures, people are, by and large, social beings. Nonetheless, the importance of interpersonal relationships varies from culture to culture. Hsu (1985) has noted that, unlike Westerners, Chinese people define themselves not individually but with...
Parenting Styles and Children's Satisfaction with Parenting in China and the United States
Since the People's Republic of China established its one child family policy in 1979, Chinese families have undergone great changes from their traditional system. While this policy still is not fully implemented in all parts of the country, it has introduced...
Remarriage and Intermarriage of Asians in the United States of America
The U.S.A. has witnessed a phenomenal increase in the number of Asians (U.S, Bureau of the Census, 1981). This increase has brought about a number of social science studies (see for example Yu, 1980; Chiswick, 1483; Gardner et al., 1985; Wong, 1986;...
Spousal Interdependence, Female Power, and Divorce: A Cross-Cultural Examination
A recurrent speculation in the social science literature is that divorce rates climb when women gain more independence in marriage or more equality with men. This idea is present in many accounts of the secular rise in divorce accompanying industrialization...
The East-West Pattern of Ethnic Intermarriage and Marital Assimilation in Hawaii, 1969-1971 and 1979-1981
In the Hawaiian "natural laboratory for the study of ethnicity," applicants for marriage licenses are asked to declare themselves in an open-ended statement that places each member of the couple in a "meaningful" ethnic category. These actions over the...
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